Cardiff council rejects smaller wheelie bin innovation

May 19, 2011 1 Comment »
Cardiff council rejects smaller wheelie bin innovation

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Cardiff council will not follow the recycling example of Newport by considering smaller wheelie bins – despite experts recommending the scheme.

Newport trialled smaller 240 litre and 180 litre wheelie bins in 76 volunteer homes in September last year and a report recommending them went in front of a scrutiny forum yesterday. (Wednesday May 18)

The idea comes as councils are being told to hit a recycling target of 70% on household waste by 2025 by the Welsh Government.

Andrew Osborne, recycling officer at Waste Awareness Wales, said smaller bins could help Cardiff hit their target.

He said: “We know that smaller bins for residual or non-recyclable waste can encourage people to recycle more, which, considering the high environmental and economic costs of burying waste in landfill sites, can only be a good thing.”

Terry March, the former president of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, said “squeezing” the amount people could put in their bins was an effective strategy.

He said: “Bringing a smaller bin in will bring another squeeze in. If you are keeping the same bin size, you are taking away the squeeze.

“Everybody’s going to struggle to hit ongoing targets and that’s the problem everywhere.

Cardiff council will introduce a new waste strategy in September with fortnightly black bin bag and residual waste collection. But wheelie bins will remain the same size.

A council spokeswoman said: “Cardiff council has no plans to follow Newport’s approach.

“The council has developed a strategy that will improve the amount of waste that is recycled and composted throughout the city over the next five years.”

She added the introduction of kerbside caddies for food waste had already made great strides for recycling.

“Research demonstrates consistently that fortnightly collections boost recycling rates significantly when coupled with weekly collections of food waste,” she said.

“The new waste strategy will be implemented in full across the city in September.

“This will mean a weekly food waste kerbside caddy collection, weekly green bag collection, fortnightly green garden waste collection and fortnightly black bin or bag residual waste collection for all residents.

“These changes offer a more cost effective but not cost-cutting way to collect recycling.”

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  1. John May 19, 2011 at 10:05 am - Reply

    By effectively halving the size of the black bins by making it fortnightly collections is more than adequate.
    The greatest problem with this reduction is the fact that non recyclable rubbish will be put in green bags as there is not space left in the black bin which will lead to an increase in the amount of rubbish from recycling centres going to landfill.
    The cost of changing the bin sizes again at a time when the council is looking to save money would be tremendous.

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